June 18, 2018
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Owner says Whig & Courier to stay open

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Whig & Courier Pub and Restaurant is expected to stay open after all.

Owner Chris Geaghan said he has been negotiating with the city of Bangor, Eastern Maine Development Corp. and Camden National Bank to address financial troubles associated with his restaurant.

As of this week, the restaurant that had been slated to close Saturday will remain open for the foreseeable future, said Geaghan.

“It was a tough year. We fell behind on some bills,” he said. “I don’t think it’s extraordinary for a business to be struggling.”

Geaghan said business has been good at the restaurant, which has been a fixture in downtown Bangor’s West Market Square for 26 years, and the summer season is always profitable.

Chris and Michelle Geaghan filed for bankruptcy last year, but the case apparently has not been resolved. Richard Silver, a local attorney representing Chris Geaghan in bankruptcy, has not returned numerous calls for comment this week. Geaghan declined to provide additional details about the business’s finances.

The restaurant’s closure was announced on its website earlier this week, an announcement that included a message board where patrons could leave memories. Geaghan said he knew nothing about the website.

“I will say that [since the closure announcement] people have been extremely appreciative, and I want to thank them,” he said.

The original Whig & Courier opened in 1984 on Franklin Street. It was named after the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, a city newspaper from the 19th and 20th centuries that once rivaled the Bangor Daily News. In 1986, then-owner Steve Johnson moved the restaurant to 18 Broad St. next to the Charles Inn. The Geaghans bought the pub in 1997 and also own three apartments above it in the same building.

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